New Scots car sales soar by 10% in Scotland, but UK stalls

New Scots car sales soar by 10% in Scotland, but UK stalls

New car registrations in Scotland in August 2012 totalled 5.755 units – an increase of 9.93% in comparison with August 2011 when 5,235 new cars were registered.

This represents another positive month for the trade north of the border, following an increase in registrations of more than 24% in July 2012 compared to July last year.

The top three marques in August were respectively Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, and Ford Focus.

Apart from Fife and Tayside (down by 10% and 2.25% respectively) sales increased in all other regions in Scotland – with growth of more than 15% apiece in Grampian and Strathclyde, while the Borders rose by more than 20%. Registration in Lothians were up slightly.

Douglas Robertson, Chief Executive of the SMTA commenting on the figures said, “We are pleased with the continued increase for August, however September’s figures will tell if there really is a recovery in the market.”

In August, the number of UK new car registrations virtually stalled – recording a minute increase of just 87 new vehicles  (0.15%) to 59,433 units this year over last year.